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Belarus: Edict Establishes Rules for Forex Companies

(June 15, 2015) A presidential edict was issued on June 4, 2015, that outlines policy for foreign exchange companies in Belarus. According to Edict No. 231, which will come into effect in about nine months, only legal persons registered in Belarus and listed as forex companies with capital of at least BYR2 billion (about US$129,000), […]

Belarus: Government Will Confiscate Cars of Drunk Drivers

(Dec. 11, 2013) A new law that cracks down on drunk driving came into force in Belarus on October 24, 2013 (Law of the Republic of Belarus of July 12, 2013, No. 60-Z on Amendments to Certain Laws of the Republic of Belarus on Tightening Sanctions for Driving in a State of Intoxication [in Russian] […]

Belarus: People Will Be Taxed for Not Working

(Nov. 26, 2013) The Ministry of Finance of Belarus recently proposed legislation that introduces a tax on non-working citizens who do not pay taxes and therefore do not contribute to the budget revenues. If passed, as of January 1, 2015, a tax in the amount of approximately US$280 will be imposed on those who did […]

Belarus: Employee Termination of Labor Contracts Prohibited

(Feb. 7, 2013) On December 7, 2012, President Lukashenko of Belarus issued a decree entitled “Additional Measures to Develop the Lumber Industry.” (Text [in Russian], President of the Republic of Belarus website (last visited Jan. 23, 2013).) The decree addresses the employment of workers in lumber enterprises. It establishes that: All employment contracts concluded between […]

Belarus: Official Online Publication of Legal Acts

(Apr. 2, 2012) On February 24, 2012, President Aleksandr Lukashenko of Belarus issued two decrees amending the system of official publication of legal acts in the country. According to these decrees, as of July 1, 2012, online publication of laws and other legal documents on the government-run National Legal Internet Portal will be recognized as […]

Belarus: Browsing Foreign Websites a Misdemeanor

(Dec. 30, 2011) On December 21, 2011, the governmental portal dedicated to official publication of laws and other legal acts issued in the Republic of Belarus published Law No. 317-3 of November 25, 2011, on Amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations and the Procedural Code of the Republic of Belarus. (National Law Internet Portal […]

Belarus: Protestant Church Ordered to Pay Damages

(Aug. 2, 2010) On July 29, 2010, the Minsk City Economic Court, in Belarus, ordered a church to pay compensation for environmental damage it allegedly caused in the city. The New Life Church (NLC), a Protestant congregation, was asked to pay the equivalent of US$83,000 due to damage caused by contamination from petroleum in the […]

Belarus: Work Experience Qualification for Judicial Experts Simplified

(Aug. 11, 2009) On January 6, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (MOJ) significantly simplified the procedure for obtaining a qualification certificate as a “judicial expert” by issuing the Regulations on Judicial Experts' Certification. (Decision of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus on Certain Issues of Licensing of […]

Belarus: Flat Taxation System Introduced

(July 30, 2009) In 2009, the Republic of Belarus joined the countries that have a flat income tax system. Previously, income tax rates for individuals as defined under the Law of the Republic of Belarus on Natural Persons' Income Tax of December 21, 1991, No. 1327-XII (hereinafter Income Tax Law) provided for a progressive scale […]

Belarus: Children Banned from Travel Abroad

(Jan. 23, 2009) On December 16, 2008, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus issued a decree prohibiting organized travel of groups of Belarusian children to the United States and member countries of the European Union. Individual travel with the parents or legal guardians is still allowed, if it is not associated with medical treatment. This decision […]